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Chester County Cat Hospital Our goal is to keep your feline in purrfect health! We are devoted to providing your cat with compassionate care and the highest quality medical services. Established in 1997, the hospital was designed to minimize stresses that can interfere with healing and your cat's general well being.
Practice Exclusively for Felines We’re happy to invite you and your special feline to the cat hospital. This coupon is good for $25 OFF your first-time visit for all new clients.
OUR SERVICES: • Preventive Care Exams • Vaccinations • Grooming • Behavior Consultations • Surgery • Dentistry • Medical Boarding/Observation • House Calls • End of Life Care • Diet Consultations • Health Products
(one per client and for new clients only.)
Rachel Stadler, VMD
Chester County Cat Hospital 108 S. High Street West Chester, PA 19382 (610) 701-MEOW (6369) www.cccathospital.com
We are proud members of the following organizations: American Veterinary Medical Association Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association American Association of Feline Practitioners
8 The Barn at Spring Brook Farm Explore the human-animal bond through the therapy animals at The Barn at Spring Brook Farm. Animals of varying species change lives with their gentle and nurturing personalities. BY SAMANTHA ST.CLAIR
14 Capturing Memories Learn the importance of obtaining a professional photograph of your beloved pet. Booking a photography session may be the best holiday gift you can give yourself or a loved one.
BY SAMANTHA ST.CLAIR
Letter From Editor Holidays with Pets
Willow Street Pictures
Tips Quick facts about animals, including information on the Chester County Animal Response Team and what it means to be a no-kill shelter
Special Pet Loss, Grief & the Holidays
The Good StuďŹ€ Our favorite holiday products
Seasonal Winter pet tips and facts
Meet the Breed A comedic and friendly breed, the Pug
Community Interview with John McManus, owner of Tobyâ€™s K-9 Kamp
Health Winter Hazards
Rescue Highlight Main Line Animal Rescue
Pet Places Information on various local businesses
Around Chester Photos of Chester County pets
Information Pet Resources and contact information
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HOLIDAYS WITH PETS OUR PETS ENHANCE THE HOLIDAY SEASON. While we are starting festivities and stressing over how to decorate or what presents to get for people, our faithful companions bring comfort and help us enjoy the coming holidays. They often get just as caught up in the excitement as we do, and it’s important to include them in whichever ways we can. My pets have always been part of my family’s traditions. We get our holiday photos done with them, buy them special seasonal dog treats, and wrap gifts for them. One of my favorite parts of celebrating is watching my dogs open those presents. They live their entire lives like puppies during the holidays, eyes widening when they see their new toys and tails wagging with enthusiasm over our doting on them. It’s amazing how they settle even the most stressful events and tie the winter season together perfectly. In this edition of Chester County Pet, you will hear some inspirational stories about animals who bring joy to people year round. Included is a story about the human-animal bond The Barn at Spring Brook Farm presents. Their facility has a fairytale atmosphere tucked away in the Chester County countryside. You will also get to read about one of the best gifts you can provide yourself or a loved one - the gift of a photography session to forever memorialize your pets. Some additional winter topics include ways to cope for those who are dealing with the loss of a pet during this festive time of year and winter reminders from local veterinarians. For those who must travel, we also have plenty of resources available for you to consider where your pet can most comfortably spend the holidays while you are away. Chester County Pet is here to give you quality information for all of your winter concerns so you can focus on enjoying the season! If you can spend the holidays with your pet, we encourage you to do so! Few things brighten precious moments more than having our pets with us. Creating memories with them by getting special photos, buying them gifts, and having them beside us while we watch our favorite winter movies or drink hot chocolate on a cold night are all the little things that make winter a wonderful time of year. Please share your holiday pet traditions with us! Do you buy them gifts? Do you make ornaments out of their paw prints? Or perhaps you have an inventive tradition others would like to hear about - and we would too! Please enjoy the holiday season safely, warmly, and with your best friend close to your heart.
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Throughout our magazine you’ll ﬁnd informative bubbles. IF YOU FEEL BEHIND THE EARS OF A HORSE AND THEY APPEAR TO BE COLD, THIS MEANS THAT THE HORSE ITSELF IS FEELING COLD.
TipS to Tails Quick Facts About Pets CHESTER COUNTY ANIMAL RESPONSE TEAM PICTURE: OCTOBER 5, 2016 AT THORNBURY FARM RESCUE Photo Credit: Kathy Sachs
What is a CART? “County Animal Response Team (CART) program is a network of animal and animal-agricultural resources that are available for planning, prevention, protection, mobilization, response and recovery related to emergency incidents within their community.” CCART (Chester County Animal Response Team) Chester County Department of Emergency Services, 601 Westtown Road, Suite 012, West Chester, PA 19380 | firstname.lastname@example.org | chesco.org | pasart.us
When you’re looking for your cat, check all the regular spots ﬁrst, then start getting creative. Here are some common hiding places:
LOST DOG INFORMATION To check on a lost dog, visit palostdogs.com If a lost dog is found, please contact the Treasurer's Oﬃce at 610-344-6370 during their normal hours (8:30 AM to 4:30 PM) and provide the tag number and the year displayed on the tag. If you cannot reach someone in the oﬃce, please contact your local police department or call 911 or contact: Brandywine Valley SPCA • bvspca.org Main Line Animal Rescue • MLAR.org
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Under the furniture, behind the furniture, and sometimes inside the furniture! The back of a closet In the ﬁreplace Behind books on a bookshelf In a drawer In a laundry basket Behind the drapes Behind an open door On top of the kitchen cupboards Under the bedspread In an empty dryer (Always check inside before closing the door!)
WHAT ARE PENNSYLVANIA’S DOG LAWS? M All dogs three months of age or older M
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What is a No-Kill Shelter? A shelter that does not kill healthy or treatable animals even when the shelter is full, reserving euthanasia for terminally ill animals or those considered dangerous to public safety. A no-kill shelter uses many strategies to promote shelter animals; to expanding its resources using volunteers, excellent housing and medical protocols; and to work actively to lower the number of homeless animals entering the shelter system. (source: wikipedia)
must be licensed. Licenses are issued by the County Treasurer. All dogs must be under control and must not be allowed to run at large. Dogs are personal property, and owners are responsible for damages caused by their dog. It is illegal to mistreat or abuse any animal. Violations should be reported to a local humane organization or the police. It is illegal to abandon or attempt to abandon any dog. No dog under eight weeks of age may be sold, traded, bartered or transferred. You may not place any poison or harmful substance in any place where dogs may easily eat it, whether it is your own property or elsewhere. You must have a current kennel license if you operate a facility that keeps, harbors, boards, shelters, sells, gives away or transfers a total of 26 or more dogs in any one calendar year. Owners of dogs and cats 3 months of age or older are required to have a current rabies vaccination. It is illegal to interfere with an oﬃcer or employee of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture engaged in enforcement of dog laws. (source: www.agriculture.pa.gov)
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Where your pets are treated just like our very own pets! A full service, state of the art facility where caring, knowledgeable, experienced professionals provide the very best in veterinary care. The staff of Aardvark Animal Hospital know that your pet is an important part of your family and we will work with you to ensure the highest quality experience for you and your pet. Aardvark Animal Hospital provides Compassionate, Professional, Veterinary care. We care for many varieties of pets, from dogs and cats, to small exotic animals and small farm animals.
PROCEDURES WE PERFORM Soft Tissue Surgery Orthopedic surgeries On-Site Digital x-ray Ultrasounds Annual exams Annual Vaccinations Emergencies Abdominal Exploratory
Laser Therapy Thyroid Removal Pyloric Stenosis Correction Foreign Body Removal Major/Minor Mass Removals Anal Sac Removal Liver Lobe removal Splenectomy
139 Wallace Avenue Downingtown, PA 19335 610-269-2226 aardvarkanimalhospital.com
“Where Dogs Play All Day” Toby’s K-9 Kamp is a premier doggy daycare conveniently located in West Chester. With a friendly and knowledgeable staff of dog lovers, it is truly a fun and exciting place for dogs to spend their days! • Constant supervision • Small staff to pup ratio • Climate controlled facility • 2 spacious indoor play pens • Toys to play with • Cage free play
• Cushioned rubber flooring for safer rough housing and wrestling • Outdoor fenced-in “potty” area to reinforce good behavior desired at home
15 S. Bolmar Street, West Chester Hours: Monday-Friday, 6:30am-6:30pm Call us! 610.430.1330 • tobysk9kamp.com
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Voted “Best Doggy Daycare in Chester County” 5 years in a row!
Pet Loss, Grief & the Holidays A guide to coping with grief during the holiday season written by Kathryn Jennings, CPFE, CPLP
he upcoming holidays traditionally focus on celebrating with family, friends and loved ones from near and far. However, for those pet parents who have suﬀered the loss of a cherished pet or those currently anticipating a loss, the holidays can intensify grief. The overwhelming thought of this being your last holidays with your beloved pet or the lack of the physical presence of your beloved pet (bereavement) can be devastating for many pet parents. The relationship with a beloved pet is signiﬁcant, therefore the pain of grief associated with anticipating a loss, or certainly after a loss, can be quite diﬃcult during holiday festivities for the pet’s parents. Many in your family or social circle may want to disenfranchise your grief or tell you it’s time for you to moving on and be happy again. But there is no need to think of your grief as not acceptable. It is normal and to be expected. Something as simple as not being able to purchase a gift for the pet you’ve lost or opening a decoration box only to ﬁnd a your pet’s stocking can bring about mourning and/or a grief burst. If you are having trouble enjoying the holidays due to the loss of a pet, keep the following in mind.
• First and foremost, you need to give yourself empathy for your pain. Your loss matters and your pain is deep. Your world has changed even if the rest of the world hasn’t. • Giving yourself the time and space needed to heal in your own way is signiﬁcant. Grief has no timetable. Allowing time for self-care is of the utmost importance at this time. Take a long hot bath or walk in the park, write in a journal, create a memorial for your pet, or volunteer in your community as a way to take a break from your grief. • If you’re feeling angry or sad even with all the festivities around you, it’s ok. You are grieving. You don’t have to try and cover up your grief. Pretending that our feelings don’t matter isn’t the solution. If you’re not up to socializing, you shouldn’t be expected to. It’s ok to say “no.” • Holiday traditions can bring the most feelings of loss: hanging stockings, a family get together and the alike. At this time, consider how you can integrate your pet’s memory into new rituals. Perhaps lighting a candle, or saying a few words with loved ones before a family meal may bring comfort.
• It’s important to take into account the mixed emotions you may experience at this time. You may be counting your blessings and reﬂecting upon the many gifts you’ve received from the time you had with your beloved pet, while also experiencing the pain of grief at the same time. It’s natural to feel intense sorrow and experience the joy of the season in tandem. Feeling conﬂicted at this time is to be expected. The holidays can without a doubt intensify loneliness, sadness or cause you to have “grief bursts” when you thought your grief was behind you. Just remember to reach out for support from those who not just sympathize, but truly empathize with your loss. Finding those who understand will help give you the opportunity to mourn your loss and continue on your path to healing. You don’t have to grieve all alone.
DAY BY DAY PET CAREGIVER SUPPORT, a 501 c 3 non-proﬁt, offers compassionate support to caregivers through the grief that comes before, during, and after the loss of a beloved pet. To reach out to us this holiday season, you can call your Day By Day support team at 484.453.8210, or email us at email@example.com. Our telephone hotline is open 24/7.
The HumanAnimal Bond Featuring The Barn at Spring Brook Farm written by Samantha St.Clair photographed by Samantha St.Clair
We love our pets, and we know they love us in return. We offer them food, shelter, and some of our time, and they give us irreplaceable companionship in return. But, have you ever considered that they might do more for us than we realize? Animals have an innate ability to care for us in many ways. This ability to provide support to people is in domestic animals of all sorts, from the beloved canine to the farm animals many do not see as caretakers of humankind. The effect animals have on us is remarkable. THE BARN AT SPRING BROOK FARM The human-animal bond is easily observed at The Barn at Spring Brook Farm. Located in West Chester, this unique animal-assisted therapy farm provides services to children ages 2-12 with physical, developmental, and cognitive disabilities. What makes this service unique is that it provides therapy through the use of a wide range of animal species. “It was a dream of mine to combine my two passions: animals and children.” Mary Beth Drobish, founder of The Barn at Spring Brook Farm commented with a smile. “I never had any plans of it getting this big when I ﬁrst decided to open the facility.” The Barn began as a small organization Mary Beth started on a whim. “After my husband passed away I wasn’t sure what to do. My children were in college, so it was just me and my Arabian mare, Aziza. One day, I went out to visit with her to search for answers. I put my arms around her neck and hugged her. She put her head on my shoulder and we cried together. I asked her what I should do, and it was at that moment I thought of the idea of building a barn and ﬁlling it with animals.” Spring Brook welcomed its ﬁrst group of children from Overbrook School for the Blind around ten years ago. “It was incredible to me how much these kids’ faces lit up when they were introduced to the animals. It was an experience I will never forget.” Since then, The Barn has assisted thousands of children with the help of hundreds of volunteers. None of this would have happened without the support of the 24 therapy animals the farm homes.
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SHEEP: MEET JILL, ONE OF SEVERAL SHEEP AT THE BARN. WHILE SHEEP ARE OFTEN KNOWN FOR RUNNING AWAY FROM PEOPLE, THE SHEEP AT SPRING BROOK ALLOW CHILDREN TO SIT ON THEM, ALL WHILE REMAINING CALM AND ATTENTIVE TO THEIR NEEDS. CHILDREN ARE OFTEN FASCINATED WITH THE HAIR AND WOOL OF THE TWO BREEDS OF SHEEP THAT RESIDE AT THE FARM.
+ THE BARN GOATS: ANNABELLE IS ONE OF FIVE HIGHLY SOCIAL GOATS ON THE FARM. THE GOATS GO TO GREAT LENGTHS TO BE FRIENDLY AND WELCOMING TO CHILDREN. THEY ARE CALM AND GENTLE ENOUGH THAT KIDS CAN SIT IN THEIR STALLS WITH THEM. THE GOATS ARE ALSO GREAT LISTENERS! CHILDREN OFTEN TAKE BOOKS INSIDE THE STALLS TO READ TO THEM.
“We provide a variety of animals because they all have different roles in helping the children,” Emily McClure, Executive Director of The Barn commented. “It’s good because it provides a whole farm experience for the kids. They learn how to care for varying species, and each of those species openly accepts each child, no matter that child’s background.” Everything from the way their fur feels to the noises they make provides therapy for the kids. “These animals offer children the opportunity to be in charge of caring for someone else. They become caretakers, and it boosts their conﬁdence tremendously.” Mary Beth said. “They do real things here - real work. It’s a job they take very seriously. They make a contribution and become part of an ever-growing family.” For many of the children, The Barn is the only place they feel they can be themselves. For some, it is the only place they will laugh and smile. All of this is because of the animals. “We know that there’s a bond between humans and animals. It’s something that isn’t studied very much, but it’s very real. There’s a reason people gravitate to them and a reason why so many homes have pets,” Emily said. “It goes beyond animals just seeing us as a source for food and shelter. We see it every day where they go above and beyond to make people happy. There is a feeling of peace and acceptance that only animals can provide.”
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If you would like to learn more about The Barn at Spring Brook Farm, please visit their website at
DONKEY: THE MOST TALKATIVE ANIMAL ON THE FARM, SUGAR LIVES UP TO HIS NICKNAME, BUDDY. DESCRIBED AS EMOTIONALLY NEEDY, BUDDY LOVES THE ATTENTION OF KIDS THAT COME TO THE BARN. HE CARRIES MANY OF THE SAME DUTIES AS THE MINIATURE HORSES AND LOVES TO STEAL THE ATTENTION AWAY FROM THEM. HE’S VERY FUN TO TALK TO, AS HE WILL GLADLY TALK BACK. PIG: NANCY, ALSO KNOWN AS MISS PIGGY, GREW UP AROUND DOGS BEFORE MOVING TO THE BARN. SHE HAS EXCELLENT MANNERS AND WILL EVEN SIT FOR HER FAVORITE SNACK, CHEERIOS! FOR THE CHILDREN, HAVING A PIG AROUND IS EXCITING. HER HAIR IS A DIFFERENT TEXTURE WHICH HELPS WITH SENSORY THERAPY. HER SNORTING AND UNIQUE LOOKS ALWAYS KEEP KIDS CURIOUS AND ENTERTAINED. BARN CATS: MEET TIC TAC! THE CATS WERE NEVER INTENDED TO BE THERAPY ANIMALS, YET THEY’VE OUTDONE THEMSELVES BY PROVIDING THERAPY SERVICES ON THEIR OWN! THESE BARN WORKERS ARE ONE OF THE FAVORITES OF CHILDREN WHO OFTEN LOOK FOR THEM IN PARTICULAR WHEN THEY ARE VISITING.
HORSES: A FAVORITE AT THE BARN, DREAMER IS ONE OF FIVE MINIATURE HORSES. CHILDREN CAN WORK ON FINE MOTOR SKILLS BY GROOMING, FEEDING, AND EVEN PAINTING THE MINIS! THE HORSES HAVE INSTINCTS TO WORK WITH CHILDREN AND HAVE A SENSITIVE NATURE TOWARD THE KIDS’ NEEDS. THEY WILL STAND PATIENTLY AND PROVIDE SUPPORT FOR CHILDREN WITH BALANCE DIFFICULTIES, ALL ON THEIR OWN WITHOUT TRAINING TO DO SO.
RABBITS: TED-UMS AND BUM BUM PROVIDE SUPPORT FOR CHILDREN WHO ARE AFRAID OF LARGER ANIMALS. KIDS CAN FEED THESE GENTLE-NATURED CREATURES CARROTS WHILE THEY SIT IN THEIR PEN WITH THEM. THE BUNNIES HAPPILY JUMP ONTO EVERY CHILD’S LAP TO CUDDLE WITH THEM AND SHOW THEM THERE IS NOTHING TO FEAR. WINTER 2016
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Our favoriteS Products for the Holidays... check your local retailer for these goodies
1 CHUCKIT! KICK FETCH BALL Kick Fetch is a big, lightweight dog ball that you can kick and your dog can fetch. Features an inverted welt, making pickup easy for dogs of most sizes. $19.99
2 PHILADELPHIA EAGLES PET HOODIE SWEATSHIRT Pet hoodie sweatshirt with team logo. Sporty striped trim on the bottom hem and sleeves. Velcro front closure for easy ﬁt and comes with a leash hole. Washable! Officially licensed by the NFL. $22.80
3 PET HOLIDAY PAWS PET THROW BLANKET A perfect accessory for a dog bed or throw. This wonderful microplush and Sherpa blanket is warm and comfortable. 100% Polyester and washable. 50 x 60 inches. $29.99
4 SHERPA-ON-WHEELS PET CARRIER The most comfortable, durable soft pet carriers for cats and small dogs of every breed. The perfect option for traveling, whether it’s by air or car. 19 x 11.75 x 11.5 inches. $113.99
5 SNAK SHAK ACTIVITY LOG 100% chewable...made with delicious fresh alfalfa and golden honey for rabbits and guinea pigs. A 3-in-1 hide away, chew, and treat for hours of stimulating play. Natural wood look. $15.49
Capturing Memories Why you should consider professional photographs of your pets Photographs by Willow Street Pictures written by Samantha St.Clair
ime is ﬂeeting, which is why it’s so important to consider enriching your life with professional photographs of your family, including your beloved pets. Whether you want puppy pictures before your best friend is grown up, or pictures of your senior feline that you realize will be sentimental to you, pet photographs touch lives in unexplainable ways. They memorialize, and in their own way, immortalize the precious faces of our companions.
The Importance of a Professional Photograph “Photographs capture a time and a place that you want to remember,” Darren Modricker, founder of Willow Street Pictures commented. No one would know this better than Darren, who suddenly became aware of the value of having professional photos of his family in the wake of a health scare. After a hospital stay and the realization that his daughter didn’t have an iconic portrait of him, he took a very personal look at creating ﬁne art portraits. “There are very few things in life that have as much meaning as a picture,” Darren explained. “Photographs, when taken with a personal eye for the family and what matters to them, can memorialize people and pets in a way that nothing else can.” It was with the thought of creating personal, ﬁne art portraits which he would print and custom frame himself that he founded Willow Street Pictures in 2002. It may seem like a simple concept in today’s world. Getting a picture is as easy as clicking a button on your phone. But, as most of us know, our phones only do so well when it comes to quality photographs, and this is particularly true with our fast moving pets. Phones and small digital cameras are great for capturing everyday moments, but they are not a replacement for professional photographs. Professional cameras and photographers capture the essence of a soul. They freeze time in crisp, vibrant colors. They reproduce every detail of your companion’s fur and the personality in their eyes. They pinpoint a moment in your life you’ll never want to forget, and one you can proudly hang on your wall.
“We let pets be pets,” Darren said. “We keep it simple and exciting. There is no level of embarrassment for us when pets act up, and there shouldn’t be for the owner. We often hear people express concerns saying their pet will never sit for photos, and we think that is perfect! It means we can watch them, see what they want to do, and capture their personality. We capture what is real.” “We encourage people to bring their pets to the consultation to let them get accustomed to the environment and our staff. If they have been to our studio before the shoot, they are usually much more comfortable when they come back. We know every pet is different, so we tailor the experience for each unique personality.” Whether it’s treats or a toy that brightens your pet’s eyes and lets their true personality shine, they should be brought to help. If clients are interested in using holiday props, they should bring those as well. “We feel as though props have a lot more meaning when they belong to the client, so we always use clients’ props instead of providing our own,” Darren said. “We will gladly travel if people prefer to have their photo shoot at their home in front of their holiday decorations. We are very ﬂexible in helping people achieve their dreams.” The dedication of the Willow Street Pictures team is seen in the many prints that adorn their website and studio space. They have photographed large groups of 8 cats at once, and have worked with shy shelter dogs. With their ﬂexible staff that loves animals, the entire process of their photo shoots is fun and enjoyable, no matter the personality of your pet. Taking the leap and trying a photo shoot has proven to many that it is well worth the time to memorialize their best friend in a uniquely beautiful way.
“I encourage people to plan a photo shoot when they realize the value of having a custom ﬁne art print is something they would absolutely cherish years from now,” Darren said. “You never know what will happen in life that may prevent you from having this opportunity in the future.” He speaks from his own real life experiences when he says this. Process of Professional Photography Sessions What holds most people back from photography sessions is the anxiety that it will be a hassle, especially when pets are involved. After all, pets are unpredictable in many ways, and even more so when they enter new environments and are around new people and strange equipment. Willow Street Pictures, founded in 2002, provides custom photo shoots, gorgeous ﬁne art prints and custom picture framing. They offer these services for any and all types of pets including cats, dogs, and pocket pets. In addition to client photo shoots, they are known locally and nationally for their generous donations to non-proﬁts. Visit Willow Street Pictures online to learn more and book your photo session today: willowstreetpictures.com
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WINTER TIPS FOR FELINES written by Rachel Stadler, VMD Chester County Cat Hospital The winter season and holidays are an exciting time of year, but they have some speciﬁc concerns for cats.
Luckily, most cats live primarily indoors and can happily enjoy snuggling down by a ﬁre with their owners while watching the snowﬂakes fall. Yet for outside cats, winter is a difficult time and measures should be taken to help them by providing dry shelter and a water source. Special bowls are available for this purpose. As for the adventurous indoor/outdoor feline, I have seen them beautifully trot off in freezing temperatures, but it is especially important to make sure they come back!
This tip is technically for all year, but in winter as we are thinking about heating ourselves, it is a nice time to consider cat beds. Especially for geriatric cats likely with some degree of arthritis, a heated cat bed or heat reﬂecting cat blanket can be just the thing for a good cat nap and perhaps a little extra spring in the step!
Winter Winter Tips for Keeping Your Dog Active and Fit Winter weather can be hard and it can be particularly difficult on our pets. Here are some suggestions to keep your dog active this winter.
M Sign your dog up for an agility, ﬂyball or doga class
M Dog treadmills and indoor walking M Play a game with your dog
M Dog-friendly shopping M Doggie gyms M Snowball fetch
M Arrange dates with other dogs
M Snowshoe trek
M Teach your dog some tricks
M Sledding and Hiking
When should you bring pets inside? Some pets may be conditioned to the cold, but veterinary experts suggest to bring pets inside when the temperature drops below 20 degrees. Puppies, kittens and short-haired pets should come inside any time the temperature goes below 40 degrees. If it’s too cold outside for you, it’s probably too cold for your pet to stay out as well.
WINTER 2016/2017 PET CELEBRATIONS December
National Mutt Day - December 2 National Day of the Horse - December 13
ASPCA’s Adopt-A-Rescued-Bird Month National Train Your Dog Month Walk Your Pet Month Unchain a Dog Month
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For cats that go outside, please remember that the various compounds used for ice melting have different degrees of toxicity for little pet feet. There are many pet friendly options currently available. Remember to wipe those paws!
For many, the winter holidays are perhaps a time for extra libation and celebration, so let’s take a moment to remember what our feline friends shouldn’t be enjoying! All the sparkling strings, ribbons, bows, and ornaments of the holidays can cause severe problems if ingested. It is best to keep these items away from cats. Poinsettia, chocolate, and antifreeze are all examples of items that are dangerous to ingest. Remember, if you are concerned about a potential ingestion time is of the essence, so consult your veterinarian immediately and make sure you know what was ingested.
February National Train Your Dog Month National Pet Dental Health Month Responsible Pet Owners Month Responsible Animal Guardian Month Spay/Neuter Awareness Month National Prevent a Litter Month
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Pug “You don’t own a pug, a pug owns you” Delaware Valley Pug Rescue
nce you bring a pug into your life, it’s a well-known fact that you will always want to own one. This little breed of dog has a unique personality that is charming and entertaining. They are loyal to their family, playful, and laid back. For anyone interested in an all-around family dog, they are an excellent candidate, so long as you are looking for a cuddly companion rather than a jogging partner. Due to its small size and low-key energy requirements, this versatile breed does well as an apartment dweller, neighborhood socialite, or country companion. No matter the location, pugs are content so long as their family is nearby. Pugs will do whatever their owners want to do, whether it’s going on a short walk or cuddling on the couch watching movies. Additionally, they are great with kids. They snore, snort, and make people laugh. This expressive breed is sure to keep its family happy and smiling. While they can be the perfect family pet, there are considerations to keep in mind if you are thinking of adopting a pug. The breed has several health concerns. They are brachycephalic, which means their noses are short. Due to their small nasal passages, they are prone to respiratory problems. Hot weather is a huge concern for the breed, as they can quickly overheat. If you are considering a pug, it is important to keep them in a climate controlled environment. The shape of their head also puts them at risk for eye conditions and injuries. While you should keep their health in mind, there is no doubt pugs are sturdy little dogs. Unlike many small dogs, they do not easily sustain injuries and can withstand rough housing. Also, despite their health concerns, many pugs live to their late teens with proper vetting. The pug is a stubborn breed, so training may be diﬃcult. However, their love for food can help as they will do just about anything for a treat. With plenty of positive reinforcement and snacks in hand, training should prove to be fun for both dog and handler. They are not known for sports or obedience competitions, but it is a possibility depending on the dog and the persistence of the owner.
M Information provided by Delaware Valley Pug Rescue. If you decide to look for a pug, be sure to look for a reputable breeder, or even better, try rescuing! Visit DVPR online for further information: www.dvpr.org
Living with a pug is a journey every day. You should be mindful they shed a lot, despite having shorter coats. They also snore and love to do so while sharing their owners’ bed. If you can handle their little quirks and see that they are cute attributes, you’ll easily fall in love with pugs. Monitor their health, be patient when training, and try not to let their adorable eyes lure you into spoiling them too much, and you’ll have a great companion for many years.
Q&A John McManus (Owner of Toby’s K-9 Kamp)
JOHH MCMANUS WITH NALA, A 4 1/2 YEAR OLD STAFFORDSHIRE TERRIER.
CCP: What sets your doggy daycare apart?
JM: We go the extra mile to make sure the dogs in our care are safe. Every dog is temperament tested to ensure they are a good ﬁt for our environment. All dogs must be able to socialize. We keep a ﬁtting human to dog ratio to maintain our high level of safety. People can feel comfortable leaving their dogs here with us.
CCP: Why should people consider doggy daycare for their pet?
JM: Socialization is important for dogs. We see shy dogs start to develop their conﬁdence in this environment, which is a very gratifying experience. Additionally, you don’t have to worry about problems arising with them when they are home alone. Your pet won’t be bored or lonely when they have the comfort of a good daycare center.
More about JOHN MCMANUS M PETS: John has two Shelties named Toby and Baby, and a Westie named Buddy.
TOBY’S K-9 KAMP is a doggy daycare and grooming facility located in West Chester that provides top-notch care for its clients. Every pet that walks through the door is treated like a member of the staﬀ’s family. Indoor and outdoor play areas, toys, and many dogs to befriend will ensure your pet has fun while you are away. When you leave your pet at Toby’s K-9 Kamp, you can rest assured they will have an enjoyable time with human and canine companionship.
CCP: What is the story behind
CCP: What is it like to own a doggy
the name Toby’s K-9 Kamp? JM: Toby is my eldest dog, and the original intent was that my dogs would be able to go to work with me. The ironic part is they prefer to be at home, so they don’t come to work with me after all. However, I love that I get to spend the entire day with dogs and wouldn’t change anything. It’s the best decision I have ever made.
daycare? JM: Playing with dogs on a daily basis is a lot of fun. However, there is also a lot of responsibility because you’re taking care of people’s beloved pets. People who bring their dogs to daycare love them a lot and see them as family members, and we do too.
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M DOG LOVER: He admits he was a cat lover until his step children convinced him to get a dog. He has owned dogs ever since, saying there is nothing like the unconditional love they provide. M LOCAL: John loves the friendly atmosphere and abundance of love for animals Chester County offers. M HOBBIES: Outside of work, John is a history buff who enjoys reading history books and watching history shows.
610.430.1330 • tobysk9kamp.com
+ H E A LT H
Winter Hazards Protect your pet this winter
OWNERS NEED TO BE SURE THAT THERE IS WATER AVAILABLE AT ALL TIMES AND THAT WATER IS NOT FROZEN.
written by Dr. Corinne A. Thomas, VMD
s winter is coming, there are things we need to remember to keep our pets safe. The obvious is that the low temperatures can be deadly if animals are left outside too long. Owners need to monitor the amount of time that their pets are outside and bring them inside in a timely manner. Animals that are left outside too long are prone to frostbite and freezing. Another concern is the salt that is put down to melt ice. There are salts that are pet friendly that owners can use around their property; however, owners walking their pets in the community need to be aware that the salts spread in the area can burn their pets’ feet. Owners should wash their pets’ feet after walking them in areas where salt is spread or have booties to protect their pets’ feet. Owners should not allow animals to ingest the salts that are spread as this could cause illness.
Certain breeds of dog (Newfoundlands, golden retrievers, collies, etc.) that have a lot of fur between their toes are prone to developing ice balls on the bottom of their feet. These ice balls can be very painful for dogs to walk on. They will also freeze the tender skin on the bottom of their feet, which may result in frostbite. These breeds especially need to have their feet monitored closely while outside in snowy or cold conditions and owners should consider booties for them as well. Woodstoves are another area of concern, as pets are not aware of them being hot. Woodstoves can especially be a problem for cats that like to jump on them without realizing they are hot. Owners need to protect their pets from potential burns caused by woodstoves. During the winter, the dry heat from heating systems can cause pets to have
dry skin and breathing issues. Adding humidiﬁers or pots of water to woodstoves will help with the dry heat. Owners should seek veterinary care for dry skin or breathing issues in their pets. Lastly, owners should not stop ﬂea, tick and heartworm medications during the winter months. It can take up to 3 weeks of below freezing temperatures to kill ﬂeas and ticks and they can survive in your home through the winter. Medications also work better when they are given consistently on a monthly basis. Ensure you and your pet enjoy the holiday season by following winter precautions!
DR. CORINNE A. THOMAS, VMD is the owner of Aardvark Animal Hospital located in Downingtown. aardvarkanimalhospital.com
+ RESCUE HIGHLIGHT
Main Line Animal Rescue We are a voice for the animals written by Samantha St.Clair photographed by Samantha St.Clair
No shelter, no matter how comfortable it is for the animals, is a substitute for a home.
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ain Line Animal Rescue (MLAR) is a nationally recognized organization in Chester Springs. Their work against puppy mills has been featured across the nation in magazines and television programs. In 2008, MLAR’s Chicago billboard pushed for Oprah Winfrey’s award winning feature exposing puppy mills. They also played a vital role in passing animal welfare laws, including banning the use of gas chambers in Pennsylvania shelters. MLAR has worked with big names to make big changes over the years, though what they do close to home shouldn’t be forgotten.
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Locally, they are known for their pristine shelter situated in the countryside of Chester County. With around 60 acres of land for doggy playtime, safe outdoor cat areas, optimal on-site veterinary care, and around 500 passionate volunteers, it would seem to be a place no pet would want to leave. However, Bill Smith, founder of MLAR, knows that for the animals, adoption is the best result. “No shelter, no matter how comfortable it is for the animals, is a substitute for a home,” he commented. At any given time, the rescue is home to 350-400 dogs, cats, rabbits and other small pets. “We don’t believe in empty cages,” Bill said, “so as soon as an animal gets a home, we are able to save another one.” MLAR’s intake is estimated to be split into thirds, with a third of animals coming from puppy mills, a third coming from owner surrenders, and a third coming from other shelters. While MLAR helps animals from across the country, they ensure they take care of local animals as well. “When we take an animal from another state, we make sure we also take in several local pets.” MLAR has several programs beneﬁting animal welfare and education both in and out of their rescue. Some examples include advocating against puppy mills, providing educational programs in schools and working with veterinary colleges through spay and neuter programs to enrich students’ learning experiences. They also have several in house programs dedicated to their animals to give them enrichment and training while they are waiting for their forever homes. “We have programs such as our Petiquette classes that teach energetic dogs good behaviors. We want to make sure nothing holds an animal back from ﬁnding a home,” Allison Hough, Director of Development at MLAR said. Due to the large number of animals MLAR holds in their facility, it is no surprise to say there is a pet there for just about any home. There is no adoption fee to adopt an animal from them. However, in place of adoption fees, they have screening to ensure animals are placed in homes where they will ﬂourish. While the process may seem daunting to some, the bottom line is ﬁnding what is best for the animals. “We love knowing our animals are safe and happy,” Bill said. “Hearing success stories and seeing our animals thriving in their new homes is what we look forward to.”
Visit Main Line Animal Rescue online for further information and to view adoptable pets: MLAR.org
+ P ET S E RV I C E S
RABBITS DON’T HIBERNATE IN WINTER. IF YOUR RABBIT APPEARS TO BE LISTLESS, SLEEPY OR LIMP, TAKE IT TO THE VET.
Sit and Stay Below are just a few of the many businesses in the area BOARDERS
When it comes to leaving our beloved pets, be it for a day or week, only the best boarding establishments will do.
You will ﬁnd these experienced and passionate pet care professionals are happy to watch over your furry family members.
Applebrook Inn Pet Resort 1691 West Strasburg Road West Chester, PA 19382 610.692.7178 • applebrookinn.com Eagle Kennel 931 Pottstown Pike, Chester Springs, PA 19425 610.458.5900 • eaglekennel.com Karens K-9 Care 459 Lancaster Avenue, Frazer, PA 19355 610.725.8973 • karensk9care.com Primrose Lane Farm, LLC 766 Bethel Church Road Spring City, PA 19475 610.310.1845 • primroselanefarm.com Wonmanog Kennels 108 Union Road, Coatesville, PA 19320 610.384.6365 • wonmanogkennels.com
GROOMERS If your canine or feline friend is in need of some fur and nail styling, there is no shortage of passionate and professional groomers here in Chester County.
Bella’s Pampered Pooch 517 Kimberton Road, Suite 7 Phoenixville, PA 19460 610.415.0400 bellaspamperedpoochpa.com Linda’s Doggie Stylin’ 288 Lancaster Avenue, Malvern, PA 19355 484.320.8619 • lindasdoggiestylin.net Personal Touch Pet Care 419 East Lincoln Highway Exton, PA 19341 610.363.7387 • ptpets.com The Main Lion 21 Plank Avenue, Paoli, PA 19301 610.241.0288 • themainlion.com
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Brandywine House & Pet Sitters 305 Beechwood Road West Chester, PA 19382 610.312.4789 • brandywinesitters.com FuzzyButtzRUs.com 901 Worthington Drive Exton, PA 19341 484.252.3487 • fuzzybuttzrus.com Pup-n-up 119 Cumberland Drive Coatesville, PA 19320 315.939.0605 • pup-n-up.com Serene Pet Sitting & Home Watch Services 111 Hartman Road, Pottstown, PA 19465 484.686.2624 • serenepets.com Pawsitive Pets 230 East Mulberry Street Kennett Square, PA 19348 609.577.1560 • pawsitivepets.vpweb.com
DOG TRAINERS Chester County has many skilled and talented dog trainers to help improve your relationship with your dog.
Blaze’s Personalized Dog Training, LLC 489 Catherine Drive Parkesburg, PA 19365 610.470.6564 • blazesdogtraining.com Speaking Dog Training Co., LLC. 925 Saginaw Road, Oxford, PA 19363 610.932.6980 speakingdogtrainingco.com Three Shepherds K9 489 Church Road, Avondale, PA 19311 610.268.8000 • 3sk9.com
Why hire a pet sitter? A pet sitter—a professional, qualiﬁed individual paid to care for your pet—offers both you and your pet many beneﬁts. YOUR PET GETS:
The environment they know best.
A regular diet and routine.
Relief from traveling to and staying in an unfamiliar place with other animals (such as a boarding kennel).
Attention while you’re away.
(source: Humane Society of United States)
+ AROUND CHESTER
Barley walking in Everhart Park
Quincy is ready to run in West Chester
Penelope Poo ready to party
Abby at the veterinarian in Westtown
Piper posing like the cover dog
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Lily Lou relaxing on her favorite chair
Bella Boo looking serious in Drexel Hill
Bella waiting for more attention in Wayne
+ I N F O R M AT I O N
ANIMAL SUPPORT AGENCIES All 4 Paws Rescue, Inc. Foster-based, all-breed, No kill animal rescue PO Box 122, Chester Springs, PA 19425 610.731.1086 all4pawsrescue.com All Things Pawssible Rescue All Breed Rescue Downingtown, PA 19335 ATPAR.org Animal House Project Chester County Pet Food Pantry 1055 S. Hanover Street, Suite 1 Pottstown, PA 19465 • 484.558.0467 Animalhouseproject.org Brandywine Valley SPCA No Kill Animal Shelter 1212 Phoenixville Pike West Chester, PA 19380 • 484.302.0865 bvspca.org Cat Angel Network No kill cat rescue PetSmart Pottstown & PetSmart Exton catangel.org CompAnimals Pet Rescue No Kill Animal Shelter 1497 Flint Hill Road, Landenberg, PA 19350 610.255.1614 companimals.org Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, Goldendoodles and Labradoodles 60 Vera Cruz Road, Reinholds, PA 17569 717.484.4799 dvgrr.org Delaware Valley Pug Rescue Pug Rescue PO Box 861, Avondale, PA 19311 610.268.5574 dvpr.org Doberman Pinscher Rescue of PA, Inc. All-volunteer, non-proﬁt rescue Oxford, PA 19363 dprpa.org 24 CHESTER COUNTY PET
Hope Veterinary Specialists 40 Three Tun Road, Malvern, PA 19355 610.296.2099 hopevs.com
DogsHome Rescue Rehoming Sheltered Dogs PO Box 484, Paoli, PA 19301 dogshomepa.org
West Chester Veterinary Medical Center 1141 West Chester Pike West Chester, PA 19382 • 610.696.8712 westchestervetmedcenter.com
Greenmore Farm Animal Rescue, No Kill Animal Shelter and Rescue 246 Clonmell-Upland Road West Grove, PA 19390 greenmorerescue.org
Veterinary Referral Center (VRC) 340 Lancaster Avenue, Malvern, PA 19355 610.647.2950 vrcmalvern.com
LaMancha Animal Rescue No Kill Animal Rescue PO Box 656, Unionville, PA 19375 610.384.7976 lamanchaanimalrescue.org Main Line Animal Rescue Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals PO Box 89, Chester Springs, PA 19425 610.933.0606 mlar.org Phoenix Animal Rescue Animal Rescue and Fostering Chester Springs, PA 19425 phoenixanimalrescue.com To Love a Canine Rescue, Inc. All-breed, foster based dog rescue PO Box 422, Kimberton, PA 19442 610.908.2855 TLCrescuePA.com Treetops Animal Rescue Rehoming sheltered Dogs and Cats by Fostering Landenberg, PA 19350 484.727.7456 treetopsrescue.org
HORSE RESCUE After the Races Rehabbing and Rehoming Thoroughbred Racehorses Nottingham, PA 19362 • 919.741.9819 aftertheraces.org
SERVICE DOGS Canine Partners For Life Training Service Dogs to Assist Individuals with Disabilities PO Box 170, Cochranville, PA 19330 610.869.4902 k94life.org
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